Hike to Comanche Lake

Friday, July 8, 2016
Saturday in Rosita was Heather and Andrew's anniversary, and since the Wildcat only seats two, we sent the two of them off on an adventure to Hermit Lake with champagne and a picnic in tow. Without the UTV, Mike and I decided to hoof it on a moderate-difficult trail to Comanche Lake. Our hike together was absolutely beautiful and so much fun, but often on the difficult side of moderate-difficult for much of the hike. The physical challenge made it fun though, and helped us earn our steaks later that night. Or, so we like to think.

The hike to Comanche Lake was 5 miles up and back, and really had us huffing and puffing. It started off in a heavily forested section, and then became much more steep and rockier as we neared timberline. At timberline we hit a section of the trail that was super rocky and narrow with a pretty harrowing view to the valley below. What was it with facing my fear of heights on this trip?

On the hike we came across a stunning meadow with a view of the valleys below and the mountains above us. It was really one of those views that took our breath away. I had also never seen so many columbine growing wild. It instantly reminded me of my grandmother Virginia, who grew up in Colorado, and loves columbines.

Just when we wondered how much further we'd have to hike, we came up over a ridge and there was Comanche Lake. This alpine lake was formed by glaciers, and still has beautiful, clear, blue-green water. Besides a man and his dog fishing for trout, we were the only ones there. We had a makeshift picnic of cheese, crackers and Coors Light (appropriate in Colorado, right?), explored, and played in the snow. Yes, snow!

Hiking with Mike was better than any date - I realized how fun it is to be together outside. We talked, we gasped for air, marveled at the view, and pointed out critters and wildflowers throughout our hike. It was truly quality time together. Mike and I both have very different hobbies that typically don't cross paths. Besides cooking, traveling, and boating (wait, does eating and drinking wine count?), our hobbies usually are our 'me time.'  We both agreed hiking could definitely become something we both enjoy together. Too bad we're just a short 8 1/2 hour drive from the mountains!

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